When Every Second Counts
A trip to the Emergency Department can be frightening. Our goal is to ensure that our patients receive the appropriate care in a timely manner.
The Emergency Department at Wayne Memorial Hospital is open 24 hours a day,
seven days a week and is staffed by highly skilled emergency medicine physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and technicians who work in close collaboration with a wide variety of specialists including laboratory, radiology, and pulmonary medical professionals. Our goal is to ensure you and your loved ones receive the best care possible in an emergency.
If you have a life-threatening emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, advanced medical technology, experience and compassion, we treat over 60,000 patients annually. The most common complaints and diagnoses include chest pains, heart failure, abdominal pain, lacerations and complications from diabetes. In response to every emergency, the Wayne Memorial Hospital emergency team provides the broadest spectrum of care with compassion.
Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department provides 46 emergency treatment rooms, including four specialized rooms designated for cardiac emergencies.
We are staffed and equipped to care for a variety of emergency medical conditions. Levels of care range from assessment and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries to the initiation of advanced life support measures for patients of all ages, including hypothermia treatment for cardiac arrest and TPA for treatment of stroke.
We also work closely with emergency services throughout the community to prepare for any disaster or other emergency situation that might affect Wayne County and the surrounding areas.
What to Expect
Quality Care, Quickly
Our team of health care professionals will make every effort to serve you as quickly as possible. When you arrive in the Emergency Department, you can expect to be welcomed in the lobby by a registered nurse.
Once you are signed in, a triage nurse will prioritize how quickly you need treatment, based upon national emergency medicine standards. This decision will be determined from information gathered about your illness, your symptoms, medical history, pain level and medications you are taking.
It is important to note that the Emergency Department does not function on a first-come, first-served basis; patients requiring the most urgent care are seen first. While we make every attempt to avoid delays for any patient, there may be times when your wait to see a care provider in the Emergency Department may take longer due to a high number of patients seeking medical attention.
We appreciate your patience. If you are required to wait, we ask that you tell the triage nurse at once if your condition changes and you begin to feel worse.
Once you go to the treatment area, please remember that the same principle applies. The order of your physician visit, lab tests, X-rays, and other procedures is determined by the seriousness of your condition compared to that of other patients.
All patients are seen by an Emergency Department physician or by a physician’s assistant in conjunction with the emergency room doctor.
Evaluation & Discharge
Once we receive your test results, your emergency room care provider will further evaluate your condition and either discharge you or admit you to the Hospital.
If you are discharged, you will receive written care instructions to follow at home.
Please be sure to ask questions if anything is unclear to you. If you are admitted to the Hospital, a physician will be contacted to complete the admission process. Emergency Department providers do not admit patients to the Hospital.
If you need further information about emergency care services at Wayne Memorial Hospital, please contact us at 919.731.6535.
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